Wisdom of Dead Men

Wisdom of Dead Men

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Description

If you're head of the Wildenstern clan, you can expect someone'll try to kill you at some point or another. And usually when someone does, it's a member of your own family. But, right now Berto Wildenstern, and his brother Nate, have more pressing matters on their minds . . . local women seem to be spontaneously combusting and no one's quite sure why! Wild mechanical creatures, explosions, deceptions, twists and turns with a host of fantastic otherworldly characters - imagine The Godfather meets Philip Reeve and you have Wisdom of Dead Men.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 30mm | 330g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Black and white chapter heads
  • 0552573000
  • 9780552573009
  • 1,507,821

Review quote

"Very tense, with red herrings aplenty and a goodly dollop of humour" * The Bookbag * "McGann mixes science, politics and history and raises many moral issues. He manages it all with a wonderful lightness of touch and superb control of an ever-evolving story that grows in complexity with every chapter but somehow never becomes confusing to the reader" * Inis Magazine * "The Wisdom of Dead Men is an explosive fantasy read, set in the Victorian era. It opens with a gripping spontaneous combustion and the action never lets up" * Irish Independent * "A rollicking, steampunk adventure . . . I couldn't put it down" * Irish Times * "He reveals lush detail as he builds a fascinating world for his characters to inhabit but never gets bogged down in self-indulgent minutiae and his characters, even the bit-part players, are always fully rounded and believable" * Sci-fi London *show more

About Oisin McGann

Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisin spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. Unable to conceive of a way to make a living from writing fiction, he decided to fund his dreams of being an author by working as an illustrator (yes, he was that naive). He signed up for a design and print foundation course and then studied animation at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design. Setting up as a freelance illustrator/artist, he then took up a position at Fred Wolf Films, working on the animated series of Zorro. After completing his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals. Following three and a half years of working in advertising he became increasingly concerned for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland much as he had left - with no job, no home and some meagre savings. Ever the optimist, he now works once more as a freelance illustrator and mercenary artist by day and escapist writer by night. He hopes one day to have a decent job, with a pension, a health plan and paid annual holidays.show more

Review Text

"He reveals lush detail as he builds a fascinating world for his characters to inhabit but never gets bogged down in self-indulgent minutiae and his characters, even the bit-part players, are always fully rounded and believable"show more

Back cover copy

Good intentions can get you killed . . . As the head of the rich and ruthless Wildenstern family, Berto is determined to change their cruel ways. And Nate, his younger brother, must protect him while he does so. But the burned remains of women are being discovered in and around the city. Nate joins his sister-in-law, Daisy, to investigate the deaths, and they quickly realize that it's not just their back-stabbing relatives they need to fear. From the bizarre and dangerous world of Ancient Appetites, comes the second story of the murderous Wildensterns. If you can't trust your family, who can you trust?show more

Rating details

68 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 18% (12)
4 53% (36)
3 25% (17)
2 0% (0)
1 4% (3)
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